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Farmers in Eastern Idaho look to peas as profitable alternative to potatoes

As potato prices plummet and many sell their crops for a loss, some farmers are planting peas instead. “This is our first year planting peas. It’s kind of an experiment for us,” said Logan Hamilton, a Ririe farmer. Hamilton planted around 110 acres of peas earlier this year – initially as a rotation crop. “We’ll go where the profit takes us. If it’s more profitable to plant peas than potatoes, I mean, it’s a good crop rotation it seems like … why not?” said Hamilton. While peas are more commonly grown in northern and central Idaho, farmers say they aren’t new to eastern Idaho.


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